Child abuse and family violence in Aboriginal communities

Child abuse and family violence in Aboriginal communities

Exploring child sexual abuse in Western Australia

Janet Stanley, Katie Kovacs, Adam M. Tomison and Kyllie Cripps

Report— May 2002

This is the full contracted report developed by the Clearinghouse in order to inform the WA Gordon Inquiry into Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Aboriginal Communities. This work was used extensively throughout the Inquiry report, and was published in the Inquiry as an Appendix.

Authors and Acknowledgements

Dr Janet Stanley is a Senior Research Officer with the National Child Protection Clearinghouse. She has completed a doctorate on the impact of violence within the field of child protection. Janet has recently published a book which was co-authored by Associate Professor Chris Goddard, as well as being the author of many articles and reports on child protection.

Ms Katie Kovacs is a Project Officer with the National Child Protection Clearinghouse. She has a background in criminology, completing a BA with Honours and having work experience with the Department of Justice Victims Referral and Assistance Service.

Dr Adam Tomison is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies where he acts as the Research Advisor for the National Child Protection Clearinghouse and is the author of an ongoing series of research publications on child maltreatment and child abuse prevention.

Ms Kyllie Cripps was contracted as Indigenous advisor for this project. She is a Tasmanian Aboriginal who has a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Affairs Administration and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Aboriginal Studies. In 1999 she won a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for Indigenous Australians to undertake doctoral studies. In 2000 she also won an ATSIC Fulbright Scholarship to complete part of her research in the United States. Her thesis is entitled "Indigenous Communities Surviving Family Violence in Australia and the United States".

Publication details

Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, May 2002.
88 pp.

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